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Arizona regulators extend ban on new gas power plants

February 8, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — State regulators have extended a moratorium on new natural-gas power plants until August.

The Arizona Daily Star reports the Arizona Corporation Commission on Wednesday voted to extend until Aug. 1 a previous order effectively banning Tucson Electric Power Co. and other state-regulated power companies from buying or constructing new gas-fired plants with generating capacities of 150 megawatts or more.

Tucson Electric Power Co. spokesman Joe Barrios says the ban will have little immediate effect on the company, which is building a new gas plant at the H. Wilson Sundt Generating Station in Tucson.

The utility panel had adopted the initial order in March 2018, requiring the utilities to submit detailed studies of alternative energy storage options and petition for approval before mounting plans for any new gas plants.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.tucson.com

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